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Bloomington shooting suspect arrested in Tennessee

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BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) - A month-long search for a Bloomington shooting suspect has ended in Nashville, Tennessee.

That's where the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force arrested Joseph Thornton III, 49, of Bloomington on Thursday, according to a statement issued by Bloomington Police.

Thornton is charged with the June 3 shooting in the 800 block of East Washington that seriously wounded a 37-year old man.

Police said at the time that the victim suffered life-threatening injuries, and was transferred from OSF St. Joseph Medical Center's emergency room to Peoria's St. Francis Medical Center. Police said Friday he has been released from the hospital.

Warrants were issued for Thornton's arrest after McLean County prosecutors filed charges including attempted murder and unlawful use of weapons as a felony. Court records indicate Thornton has a lengthy criminal record.

Police said Thornton is in the Davidson County Jail in Nashville awaiting extradition proceedings.

Bloomington Police said they're still investigating the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Steve Moreland at 309-434-2359 or email him at The report number is 202006363.

McLean County Crime Stoppers accept anonymous tips at 309-828-1111.

Howard Packowitz

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